2 December 2009
P1 WINS SKMM TENDER WORTH OVER RM41.5 MILLION TO BRING 4G WIMAX TO UNDERSERVED AREAS
World’s leading 4G WiMAX telco cements its commitment as an active participant in contributing to Malaysia’s target of 50% broadband penetration in 2010.
PETALING JAYA - Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (“P1”), the world’s leading 4G WiMAX telco, today announced that it has been awarded a Universal Service Provision (USP) project tender worth over RM41.5 million from the Government, via the Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (SKMM) to provide broadband to underserved areas in Malaysia.
Under the project, P1 will roll out broadband services utilising 4G WiMAX in Perak and Kedah. The deployment in 2010 will include the provision of broadband services to homes, as well as the setting up and management of community broadband centres within those areas.
“Being awarded this tender reflects SKMM’s confidence of our capabilities to provide ubiquitous, quality Broadband for All. From day one, we have always been committed to contribute and become an active participant in assisting the government to meet its 50% household broadband penetration target by 2010, said Michael Lai, Chief Executive Officer, P1.
He added, “The tender award is proof that 4G WiMAX can efficiently and cost effectively bridge the digital divide and meet the tremendous demand for broadband in the country.”
P1 advocates that broadband is a right and not a privilege. The company has demonstrated a strong commitment to further empower the nation particularly underserved communities in Malaysia with the immense potential and possibilities that affordable, accessible, and flexible 4G WiMAX broadband can provide.
Earlier this year, P1 established a proof of concept internet community centre in the Felda settlement of Chini Timur, Pahang, namely, the P1 Pusat Internet Komuniti. As Malaysia’s first Internet community centre that utilises 4G WiMAX technology, the centre implemented and established best practices towards realising connected communities. It also launched the P1 Expert Net series that conducts dialogues and gathers insights from the broadband industry, the Government and the media on various issues impacting broadband penetration in the country with the ultimate goal of propelling the growth of broadband through devices, networks and applications.
P1 is the country’s fastest growing fixed broadband provider and the only local broadband operator to be given the green light to deploy 4G WiMAX nationwide (including East Malaysia). P1 has over 100,000 subscribers to date, its 2.3GHz WiMAX network is currently the second largest in the world.
“We look forward to supporting more national development projects to propel the nation forward towards a truly connected society,” Lai concluded.